Manager of Fukushima Plant: “We have to pay for what we have done” — “Repeated efforts have failed” to bring site under control — “It’s embarrassing to admit”

Published: April 18th, 2014 at 10:28 am ET


Reuters, Apr. 17, 2014: Manager at Japan’s Fukushima plant admits radioactive water ’embarrassing’ — The manager of the Fukushima nuclear power plant admits to embarrassment that repeated efforts have failed to bring under control the problem of radioactive water, eight months after Japan’s prime minister told the world the matter was resolved. [Tepco] has been fighting a daily battle against contaminated water since Fukushima was wrecked by a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. […]

Akira Ono, manager of Fukushima Daiichi: “It’s embarrassing to admit, but there are certain parts of the site where we don’t have full control […] It may sound odd, but this is the bill we have to pay for what we have done in the past three years […] But we were pressed to build tanks in a rush and may have not paid enough attention to quality. We need to improve quality from here. […] We need to improve the quality of the tanks and other facilities so that they can survive for the next 30-40 years of our decommission period. […] The ultimate purpose is to prevent contaminated water from going out to the ocean, and in this regard, I believe it is under control.”

Ono appears to state Fukushima’s contaminated water is prevented from going into the ocean. Yet:

  • April 14, 2014: Radioactive Spike in Ocean off Fukushima: Highest Cs-137 levels at location since 2011 — 22,000 Bq/m³ in Pacific outside port — Japan notifies IAEA of ‘elevated’ readings (MAP)
  • March 17, 2014: Record cesium levels at Pacific Ocean sampling location north of Fukushima plant — Spikes to 6,900 Bq/m³ from ‘not detected’ in one day

See also: [intlink id=”censored-japan-govt-scientist-reveals-much-more-radioactive-material-is-leaking-into-pacific-from-fukushima-than-claimed-by-tepco-its-getting-released-outside-of-ports-barrier-directly-into” type=”post”]Censored Japan gov’t scientist reveals much more radioactive material is leaking into Pacific from Fukushima than claimed by Tepco — It’s getting released outside of port’s barrier, directly into ocean[/intlink]

Published: April 18th, 2014 at 10:28 am ET


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73 comments to Manager of Fukushima Plant: “We have to pay for what we have done” — “Repeated efforts have failed” to bring site under control — “It’s embarrassing to admit”

  • Sol Man

    Cascading effects are problematic.

    • OldFool

      The big picture – leaving TEPCO in charge of that site after 3/11/11 was such a vast mistake that someday it will be recognized as the greatest mistake the human race has ever made in all of recorded history. The worst is yet to come.

      • PaciFistic PaciFistic

        OldFool…….this is not simply to disagree for the sake of wanting to appear different, but, in all honesty, I don't think there'll be anyone around to historically recognize this mistake. Mind you, it could be recorded in a time capsule for other beings to find and somehow translate, if it ever gets discovered.

        The greatest mistake was for man to take a taste of the fruit of the tree of knowledge, at a time when he was already living paradisiacally — he bit off more than he could chew, for sure!

      • BirdOfTheFeather BirdOfTheFeather

        Yeah , We should send them some of experts , like the ones in charge of the WIPP plant in NM . Im sure they would have it straight in no time .

    • bluetick

      I finally found one word to sum it all up

      La Mierda

    • Photons In Light, Photons In Nuclear Reactors And Photons In Nuclear Medicine; What Is The Difference?; via @AGreenRoad

      • How Poisonous And Radioactive Man Made Elements Mimic Natural Minerals Found In Nature; via @AGreenRoad

        • We Not They Finally

          Great article. Also part of why a mineral rich diet with supplements can be a help. Monitor where fresh fruit and veggies are coming from, but by all means, EAT them! Even fresh papaya and pineapple are full of enzymes that help the body absorb nutrients.

          Every good nutrient can be blocking out a bad radionuclide. Not fail-safe, hardly, but advisable.

          It's also been suggested that ROOT vegetables may be safer than those grown above the ground, because radionuclides only tend to sink so far into the soil. Not totally sure of the science on that, but sounds logical. Even potatoes — they are root vegetables and VERY rich in potassium, blocking out at least some of the cesium trying to invade the body.

    • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

      Speaking of cascading effects….

      "Marco Kaltofan at Worcester
Institute has issued more information about some unusual findings from a home vacuum cleaner bag they tested. The vacuum bag came from a home in Nagoya Japan, 460 km south and west of Fukushima Daiichi. We reported earlier on their discovery that something was very “off” with this sample sent in for examination.

      More details have been released as the additional testing was completed and found that:

      The single radioactive particle was identified as being a “hot particle” from fuel from Fukushima Daiichi.
      The particle was small enough someone could have breathed it into their lungs.
      This was found far away from the disaster site showing materials traveled long distances"

      460km = 280 miles

    • dunkilo

      I saw one of the towers on the web cam has quite a lean to it ….their have been a few earth tremors the last few days..

  • patb2009

    They needed to 3 years ago, bring tankers into the harbor, pump the basements into these, and then
    bring the tankers to protected harbors which won't get hit by typhoons or tsunami.

    it's all they can do.

    let the radioactive water sit for 25 years, build new tankers, swap it again.


      just pay the harbor master to look the other way, patb2009, and you've solved the problem of having to build new tankers for storage. Fact is, they've lied about everything else. Why on earth would you think they'd not lie about dumping this contaminated water at sea?

    • hbjon hbjon

      Mainly, their efforts were trying to keep the complex from exploding further, instead of worrying about the runoff. The basements (where the fuel dripped to) were flooded to keep the fuel from going critical. Yes, there could have been a pumping station set up and water delivered to a tanker, but how long would that have lasted?

      The toxic releases were blowing out to sea and the first 100 KM's were a no-mans land. It is a miracle that they've captured as much water as they have considering the circumstance. A massive aqueduct system inland snaking around the hills would have been a better alternative to the tanks.

      Remember that the land will be uninhabitable for centuries so they should try to use it in a constructive fashion. What happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas.

      • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

        The basements were not flooded on purpose. These bottom 2 floors of the units are below water/sea level. The actual design of the buildings necessitated 24 hour pumping in order to keep them dry. This is a terrible flaw…and yet seems so insignificant against all the others…

        You are correct that the rad water should have been pumped inland from the very start, and that holds true today. Tanks–at least on site–are no solution at all.

        FukushimaDiary recently reported on Tepco shipping in a few giant tanks, delivered through the harbor. These tanks are huge and dwarf a man standing next to them. Then you read that the tanks have a capacity of 700m3 and will be filled in less than two days. Those tanks must have cost a fortune. Who made them? Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

        So now you see why governments and related a-holes love meltdowns…because they are all involved in "heavy industries" and meltdowns "necessitate" their products forever. Mitsubishi H.I. is/was involved in nuclear plants and their parts all over the world, and therefore involved in death-dealing.

        So when their death machines go "active" by melting down, they are right there to get the massive contracts for never-ending products.

        Every drop of water from Fuku Dai should be pumped INLAND and stored. Not to shame the people, but to give the world a chance. Once in the ocean, it is gone and will never be recovered. That's what they want.

        • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

          Great insight Moonlight.. 🙂 Yes, an ongoing massive Ponzi Scheme supported by the governments that are participating in Nuclear. All of it paid for by the world's unaware citizenry.. 🙁

          • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

            Yes. You say it is payed for by the world's unaware citizenry and you are completely correct. That includes myself! When I first realized this almost 3 years ago, I was ashamed. Fukushima helped me to realize that I had in fact been responsible for helping to support the very people that were destroying everything I love.

            I had a phone and paid a monthy bill: Those dollars end up in the hands of nukers and their slimy ilk.

            I had a car and paid insurance and gasoline: Thousands of my dollars were paying the very same companies that actually designed, built, owned, and operated nuclear reactors (there is not a single car company that is not affiliated, most of the time directly).

            I didn't have a T.V. at that point, but I had in the past and I was still watching it every so often: Toshiba, Sony and whatever else…they are all involved in the nuke industry and affiliates.

            I had a microwave and a propane stove and a fridge and propane heat: All made by total assholes who were and continue to shred the Earth.

            My home/shelter was/is (for the time-being) made of milled lumber with toxic sheetrock and toxic paint. I used to think that a new coat of paint was a good thing…I will never give them another cent. (I DO paint, though, and I do it with a brush made from my own hair, dipped in the juice of the berries of the Poke (Phytolacca Americana) on fallen wood and stone). I paint works like Daiichi and the paint runs with my tears.

            Glad you're here, Obe.

        • johnnyo

          Wow Moon, your own hair, now thats a cool paintbrush
          Are u saying u no longer have a car, phone fridge or microwave?
          inquiring minds wanna know.

          glad ur here 2

          • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire

            I used all the same technology as everyone else…until I learned my lesson…and I have been steadily transitioning out as fast as I can. I have no phone. I sold my car. My transportation now is walk, bike, and longboard. I no longer use a microwave. I still have a fridge. I still have a stove.

            Eliminate everything you don't need, and you'll realize it's easy to live in luxury. Everyone can do it. The amount of electricity needed to run a fridge and computer for the net is almost negligible and can be generated very easily by using multiple systems instead of one. Windmill, thermal, solar, passives, moving water, and a many others.

            Solar cooking is the way to go…when you want to cook something…and that literally means making an insulated box and putting your crock in it. I cooked food all winter long in New Jersey with a box that I lined with the "hay" of an "invasive" species (Japanese Stiltgrass, Microstegium Vimineium).

            Take your shirt off when you go outside on a sunny day in February…the sun itself literally heats your skin more than most people would think possible. As long as you're protected from the wind, nude sunbathing on a clear day in February at 20 degF is amazing. It may be 20 degF outside, but your skin will be 85 and literally steaming.

            I didn't spend a penny on any of my systems. Anything I couldn't make (without purchased tools) was acquired through recycling.

            • MoonlightEmpire MoonlightEmpire


              I also transformed a suburban lawn that was mowed for the past 30 years (not by me) into a massively abundant food, medicine, and resource base in the span of one year. I did it without spending a dollar. I did it without a shovel. Nor a drop of gasoline. Nor a drop of irrigation water. Nor any "soil amendment"/fertilizer/compost etc. Nor a single piece of plastic or metal (that means no greenhouse as well).

              I could talk/write forever on HOW I did it, but for the sake of space: All land, if left to it's own devices, will grow, in time, to become a forest (or Jungle depending on latitude etc.)…and such land–if completely undisturbed–will grow/develop at the fastest possible rate. Nothing that anyone can do can make it develope faster.

              When the natural processes are ALLOWED to progress…biomass, species diversity, genetic hardiness, and everything else moves at the fastest possible rate.

              We must live and walk throughout the land, however, and so we must create paths…and in those paths locations for every footstep…

              A future, ideal form of human society would not walk on the ground at all, but rather we would move through the trees…not swinging like monkeys (unless for fun), but walking through bridges in the air constructed of–not dead–but LIVING shrubs and trees…their branches only ENCOURAGED to grow together…

              With zero soil compaction, fungal networks connect everything.

              So much more to say. Stay tuned for vids.

    • Cisco Cisco

      Actually, there is no fix to this runaway nuclear fire. They cannot ever achieve stopping the flow of contaminated water into the ocean. They don't have enough real estate. They will be pumping these vast quantities of water for decades; and, the underground water course will be extremely difficult to divert, if at all. Taking the contaminated waste water away in tankers will just put the contamination somewhere else where it can be another point of distribution to the biosphere.

      Image, building a fire that can never be extinguished, that sickens, mutates, burns and eventually kills everything it touches. What were they thinking…beyond incredulous?

      Dumbfuc#kedness X 1,000,000

      • Nemo Me Impune Lacessit Stax

        Example of Homo-StupidUS for sure.

      • Angela_R

        Cisco, "They cannot even achieve stopping the flow of contaminated water into the ocean."

        Some countries, when banned from throwing drums full of nuclear waste into the sea, actually decided to pipe it directly into the ocean (unsure whether some toxins are removed beforehand) If insufficient time to watch the whole video, the piping can be seen from around 25 mins. There is also an interesting observation about the effects of dilution at approx. 11:20 mins.

        Any wonder that the phyroplankton had been depleted by 40% even before the devastation of Fukushima. Now they wish to build floating nuclear power plants at sea. One could ponder where they will deposit the nuclear waste…

        • PaciFistic PaciFistic

          Angela_R…..finally caught up with you…how are you?

          The insanity is unending, it seems. But we are getting there, to the end.

          Sorry there was one extra 'i' in that URL.


          I've had a copy of that on paper from the 1960s, from a front angle with fully calm facial features. You have great search powers. I've mentally labeled that image as: "Fiery Phoenix Struck Match And Brought An End To Illusion."

          Pain to him, even as it was in one sense real, was essentially an illusion, as was everything else. Before striking the match, he was already immersed in that otherworldly reality, so bringing an end to illusion made little difference. The proof is there, as in "a picture is worth….. ." And as I tried to point out, the event and the picture was something totally unprecedented in human history.

          This is a model to aspire to if we want to go without suffering.

          That was my whole point. What people believe, want to do, or try for is up to them. And they could even think that photo was a fake. Whatever.

          • Angela_R


            Over time I have somehow been able to enter a meditative state. I slip into it very easily, as long as I dismiss the world. More and more I wish to go there. A few years ago I described it. Samadhi, I was told.

            I go there, but come back. The way of the world brings back the 'chattering mind' and the stillness, the peace departs.

            When in that state, I walk around as though without a body, so I can understand what you say.

            Belief, (modern terminology calls it 'positive thinking') can move mountains, it can heal, protect and yes shield the body

            Gradually I am placing the jigsaw pieces of history together. I want to tip up 'Pandora's basket' and release hope. Many people here already have the most important key, that of love..

            For me, the way of Christ, for others maybe the natural law. The Golden Rule defined it and it was preached by all. Religions confused, their preachers did not understand, they imposed dogma.

            • We Not They Finally

              Yes, the Indians call it Samadhi. We do that too when we can. There are worlds of greater peace free of all these insane violations. At least it gives some perspective.

            • PaciFistic PaciFistic

              Angela_R…..there is no such thing as a Christian samadhi or Hindu one, etc.

              Samadhi is samadhi. If there are gradations, then it is not complete. Ultimstely, it has no qualification(s). 'Meditation' disappears. In fact, there is no such 'thing' or process as meditation.

              Therefore, from that point of view, when it still has to be a point of view, it's best to proceed without 'bias.'

              As for the harvest, being harvested, or even harvesting, it will be as the seed, the sowing and the cultivation.

              May be able to return to enenews for a brief glance now and then, but for the most part for the indeterminate future, there are obligations needing attention on the level of practical living.

              Please take care.

              • Angela_R

                WNTF, it is something I was never taught. When I described it I was told that it was Samadhi.

              • Angela_R

                I came to that point by the way of Christ, to the point of wholeness. I came back for a reason.

            • HoTaters HoTaters

              "Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. This is the first and great commandment.

              And a second is like it: love your neighbor as you love yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

  • dodge

    Sadly there is an element of truth here, quality is important, critical decontamination efforts will take 30 -49 years or more, but the quality of the effort to contain the waste generated and accumulating of the attempts at control are not just a life-time, there will be thousands of years of risk.

  • GQR2

    How can he say the water isn't going into the ocean. For a minute i thought wow, is this a glimmer of accountability now GE better get in there and help those people try to seriously mitigate this catastrophic ongoing Multi Core ongoing Melt Down. But Nooo and what is even more insipid is he knows damn well they started dumping highly contaminated water into the ocean last Wednesday. There were articles about that.

    psycho and its positively psycho to let this kind of babble be the public discourse.

    The people watching reading Reuters only lame stream media will get the impression the very diligent Japanese are embarrassed and good grief don't commit Hari Kari (stereotype) Relax they are gonna double down on their quality control.

  • Oh, no! He's EMBARRASSED? Poor man. So much worse to be embarrassed than, say, wrecking the Pacific, inundating the atmosphere with radioactivity, and exposing countless life forms to the results of bad judgment and incompetence.

  • melting mermaid melting mermaid

    I think the whole worlds gonna have to foot the bill, forever.

  • sworldpeas

    Don't worry Tepco you WILL pay for your LIES and DECEIT and NEGLECT. You will pay and the cost will be in genetic mutations and deformities that YOU have brought to the Japanese people and the world. My only hope is that YOU are here long enough to witness and be a victim of your own FAILURES, you worthless bastards!

  • TEPCO is now building a much longer and deeper wall at the ocean to contain water and keep it from going into the ocean.

    They are also pumping groundwater above plant directly into the ocean, and according to F. Diary, it is contaminated with plutonium. At best they are getting 10 to 25% of what is coming down from above.

    Combine these two facts.

    Sounds like a huge dam and radiation contaminated water will move up to the surface behind the dam at the Fuku site, right?

    • Bay Area Guy 2

      Dr. Goodheart, I was thinking the same thing. It doesn't matter how deep or how high you build a wall if you're not stopping the water flowing in at its source. You're either going to get runoff over the top of the wall, wherever that is, or you'll get a buildup of so much water behind the wall that eventually, the wall will have a cataclysmic failure and all the water will rush into the ocean at that time. At best you might be able to buy a little time, but, to date, I don't think we've seen any mitigation measures that have been worth a darn that address the underlying source of the water.

  • Sol Man

    How many creatures lie dead at the bottom of the oceans because of this failed technology? Some super computer can give some answer.

    And, the land species?

    I wait, watch, read, and try to dream at night.

    • The species extinction rate is currently at 20 PER DAY.

      That will accelerate.

      Humans are on the list, just like all the other life forms.

      Humans are not immune to extinction.

      Humans have the unique power to extinct themselves and all life on the planet, unlike other life forms on Earth.

  • Sol Man

    Keepin' it real with Fred Neil. Here is a treat.

    "they'll probably drop the atom bomb the day my ship comes in…"

  • "It may sound odd, but this is the bill we have to pay for what we have done in the past three years"

    Hm, maybe people sense oddity from the facts (among others) that
    a) it took three years for Tepco's ultra-deep-meditational self-awareness trip to complete and finally reveal the sensational findings that were now presented
    b) the two occurrences of the word "we" suggest identity but in effect refer to totally distinct groups

  • rogerthat

    Well, this is progress, i guess. Contaminated water is embarrassing, a step up from harmless lol. Maybe at some point it will be deeply embarrassing, who can tell. But harmful? Don't be silly, it's never going to be harmful. It will always be diluted, below detectable levels, far below any level that would be considered harmful. Maybe to seals and whales, one day, in isolated pockets, but never, never us. What a crock.

  • tsfw tsfw

    Really an embarrassment- embarrassing is wetting yourself in public. I think the word they're looking for is catastrophic. They need to get over themselves.

  • mindfloat

    Admission is he first step to recovery.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "We have to pay for what we have done”
    What possibly could be retribution for the amount of damage that Fukushima Npp is inflicting?
    What kind of retribution for the lies being told while this is going on?
    And going on forever ..what possibly can possibly be retribution?

    What payment due?
    Kill themselves? ..a paltry exchange.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Guh..what possibly can be retribution?
    Galling words..implying embarrassment..
    It ought to come to a hell of a lot more than ..embarrassment.
    How about ..morbid regret ..?
    Start somewhere…

  • GQR2

    comment(s) of the Decade award goes to Heart ! Nailed it so succinctly Heart. You are a big reason why hanging around here is good. Heart of the Rose you go grrl. and long may you run.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Hi, GQR2.
    I was kind of thinking the same ..of my fellow Enenewsers that are ..often more explanatory than I am.
    It's a good thing to be around.

    It's good to know that many understand that ..the 'good fight' is the long haul.
    Good to know ..very much so.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      We appreciate you. And Heart re: your statement on embarassment, my sentiments exactly.

      Whatever became of Japanese "honor" ?

  • Ontological Ontological

    Embarrassing to be Human right now…Oh hell yes!

    Too bad the zealous life my sci fi characters live on an artificial star shell full of many SAFE high science wonders cannot apply to Earth anymore.

  • 21stCentury 21stCentury

    ~~~Build a Bigger Breakwater NOW Please~~~

    …it's long past time to draw a larger perimeter of impermeable wall.

    Well ok, it will be a 99.99% impermeable wall, just to hush the inevitable critics here…. and this will be a heck of a lot better than what isn't going on there now.

    The massive enlargement of water impoundment will greatly improve the ability to manage water recycling and filtration. The tidal effects will be stopped from bothering the ruptured reactors, and the water level can then be adjusted as needed.

    • FixItStupid FixItStupid

      Agreed with your program years late in any action appreciate your continued start at an intervention to this disaster many of us with technical understanding can't understand why there has not been a world response to what it certainly the worst thing in the world

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    SLOW BUT SURE . . .

    Each day, another nail in the nuclear coffin.

  • jec jec

    Add to the fact that in USA, the decommissioning of nuclear plants is being deferred in order to 'build up liabilty decomssioning funds." A nice way of saying push it down the road to the kids and grandkids after the mess is made.

    From SAFSTOR report:"About 85 commercial power reactors, 45 experimental or prototype power reactors, as well as over 250 research reactors and a number of fuel cycle facilities, have been retired from operation. Of the 140+ power reactors including experimental and prototype units, at least 15 have been fully dismantled, over 50 are being dismantled, over 50 are in Safstor, three have been entombed, and for others the decommissioning strategy is not yet specified."
    SAFSTOR means the fuel is removed to dry or wet cask storage..and TADA..nothing to worry about, casks to last 50 yrs..or more..on paper..RIGHT? (sar). Same theory we see at Fukushima that blew up in their faces..literally. Storage of old and new MOX and regular nuclear fuel is NOT simple!!!

    • jec jec

      UHH..and which three "reactors or fuel cycle facilities" were ENTOMBED? TMI? What others? How much money is left in the liability fund for UBS and other companies to tap? "We have to pay for what we have done–its embarrassing to admit we don't have full control of the site"

  • Nick

    Nothing short of full-disclosure will do.

    Japan and the USA have to tell the truth about Fukushima and the secret weapons production facilities that went kaboom.

    pipe dream, I know.

    All sentient beings need to deal with Fukushima's legacy. The rest of the biosphere has no choice.

    There is NO PUNISHMENT for this crime, only sorrow. wrecking genomes is beyond criminal.